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Romance, but make it socially distanced: Zoom dates 101

Even if you're separated from the person you love due to the pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to spend time together virtually on Valentine's Day. – Photo by iStock

As Valentine's Day rolls around, we reflect on past years full of grand romantic plans, fancy dinners and weekend trips.

Amid an approximately year-long pandemic, doing the things we typically indulged in on Valentine's Day may not be possible, as many of us will be spending this year at home and away from our partners.

The thought of spending Valentine's Day, a day that is supposed to be filled with love, away from the person you love may be intimidating and a bit upsetting, but it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the day with your boo.

So, I've put together a list of great virtual alternatives to spice up your at-home Valentine's Day experience.

Without further ado, here are six ways to spice up a Zoom date this Valentine's Day:

Virtual game night

Game nights are a great way to have fun with friends or a significant other. A virtual game night can be an excellent idea for couples who love a challenge and love to have fun.

Many games can work virtually, such as Among Us, Guess Who?, Scattergories, Pictionary, charades, a custom couples bingo with facts about each other, trivia about any topic and so much more. You can fill up hours playing game after game, having lots of laughs and showing off that competitive spirit.

Virtual museum tour

Even before the pandemic, many museums had virtual tours available online and are often free. This Valentine's Day, you and your partner can go on a trip through museum after museum, looking at paintings, sculptures and history, without leaving the comfort of your bed.

You can tour museums in any state or country and discuss your favorite pieces of art, which museums were the best and which ones you would want to visit when life goes back to normal.

If you're looking for a fun and relaxing date idea and want to try something new, a virtual museum tour might be the right thing for you.

Netflix movie marathon

Watching your favorite films or romantic films to be in theme with Valentine's Day is such an easy Zoom date idea. You can both time out when to start the movie so you are at the same spot or play the movie from your laptop and share the screen so you can both watch it together.

TikTok dance the night away

TikTok has made its way onto everyone's phones and into everyone's homes. We know we are all guilty of doing TikTok trends and dances in our free time, so why not turn that into a fun date night?

You can pick out your favorite dances, take turns trying them out and record them. You and your partner will have lots of fun being silly, dancing and making memories while protecting yourselves and others by staying inside.

A couples cook-off

If you and your partner love to eat or cook, having a cook-off can be a perfect virtual date-night idea. Put your foodie knowledge to the test by picking out a recipe you will both like, or spice it up, pick recipes for each other and enjoy cooking alongside your partner.

When you two finish cooking, you guys can both sit down and have a little Zoom dinner date, testing out your delicious creations.  

Paint and sip

Paint and sip events are always so much fun, and you come out of them with a great piece of artwork and memories of a fun night. You can pick a painting to copy or a video to follow and work alongside your partner, creating your unique masterpieces, while sipping on delicious mocktails and making memories.

Although the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has put a dent in many of our usual plans for Valentine's Day, there are still so many ways you can celebrate with your significant other — all it takes is a little bit of creativity!


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